For much of May, my good friend and longtime co-anchor Denise D’Ascenzo worked tirelessly on a special report: a celebration of my 20th anniversary here at WFSB. At times, I can’t even believe 2012 will mark two decades since my first report as a 20-something at Channel 3 after leaving WWMT, the CBS station in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Michigan. Even though I’ve covered countless stories and anchored hundreds, perhaps thousands of newscasts since 1992, I was impressed by how Denise managed to pull so many classic clips, including from a period when it appears I had a mullet!
Truth be told, my actual anniversary falls on August 31st, but with summer vacations, primaries, etc., we figured it was best to mark the milestone now. I should note, we’d be lying if we said it was just a coincidence the flashback aired during May sweeps!
It has been a great twenty years here at WFSB and I truly feel blessed to have been in a job this long, and still love what I do: broadcast journalism. I’ve have the fortune of being assigned to cover national political conventions, the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995, UConn’s historic Final Four win in 1999, a visit of a Pope, and the Pope’s funeral. I immediately went to lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001 and stayed there for a few weeks. Eight and half years earlier I stood in front of the Twin Towers after a truck bomb exploded in a garage. I’ve been on the field at a World Series, sat across from Oprah, and been in inner city neighborhoods as gunfire went off. I once even ran through a snake infested field while covering wildfires in Florida with a young field producer named Dana Luby, who is now my boss!
Most importantly, I met my wife Kara here at Channel 3, and became a father two times. Both of my children began their entrance into this world after the 6PM news. When I wasn’t on the air at 11 those nights, viewers knew something was up. It truly has been quite a ride.
To our devoted and loyal viewers, thank you for watching and commenting over the years. Without your support, my bosses wouldn’t have kept me this long! I should also thank my many co-workers and co-anchors, who always made me look good. I’d be remiss not to mention the person who hired me, Mark Effron.
I first anchored with Denise in 1994, and then off and on over the next five years. We became permanent co-anchors in 1999, and have been together ever since, making us the longest current anchor team in Connecticut. Gayle King and I co-anchored Eyewitness News at 5:30 for four years before she left for O Magazine. I also shared the desk with Virginia Cha, Mika Brzezinski and Janet Peckinpaugh, and with Kara numerous times in the past decade.
Here are some other pictures from the past 20!